Peabody Awards Announced

The Peabody Awards were announced today and we have many recipients in town. The awards ceremony takes place May 18 at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and is hosted by NBC’s Brian Williams.
CNN and “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill” are both honored for their election coverage. From CNN’s press release: “A tremendous amount of innovation, commitment, quality journalism and hard work stand behind this honor,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “CNN provided unrivaled coverage around the world across every platform possible, including television, radio, the Internet, and mobile.”
NPR is recognized for three pieces- “All Things Considered” for coverage of the May 2008 earthquake in China, the three-part report “36 Years in Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola” and “The Giant Pool of Money,” a collaboration with Chicago Public Radio and Public Radio International.
From the release: “I’m incredibly proud that the Peabody committee recognized these deserving works – which truly demonstrate the range and breadth of what we do here at NPR,” says Vivian Schiller, NPR’s President & CEO. “It’s validation of NPR’s continuing commitment to investigative and explanatory journalism, as well as foreign coverage.”
Check out TVNewser’s coverage of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and others here and check out the complete list of winners after the jump.

Brian Williams to host Awards Ceremony on May 18 at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
ATHENS, Georgia — Thirty-six recipients of the 68th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2008, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on The University of Georgia campus.
“The works recognized by the Peabody Board this year not only reflect great diversity of content and genre, but also true technical innovation and the varied roles of new distribution systems,” said Peabody Director Horace Newcomb. “The list of winners this year clearly indicates a changing media environment that will continue to require judgment and evaluation through the Peabody Awards process.”
The recipients included Lost, ABC’s innovative, mind-bending adventure serial; The Giant Pool of Money, a remarkably comprehensible explanation of the current financial crisis from public radio’s “This American Life”; and YouTube, the video-sharing Web site that puts a boundless array of video artifacts, from historic political speeches to cell phone videos, at every Internet user’s fingertips. Black Magic, ESPN’s fascinating examination of the integration of basketball and its impact on the programs of historical black colleges and universities, received a Peabody, as did Saturday Night Live’s campaign-season political satire.
A Peabody went to Sichuan Television for its immediate coverage of the deadly earthquake that struck its Chinese province. For several days, SCTV was the only source of video for television news organizations around the world. National Public Radio was also recognized for its exhaustive and sensitive daily reporting on the quake. Peabodys went to CNN’s coverage of the Presidential primaries and debates, and to the election-year broadcasts of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. The Hearst-Argyle television-station group was awarded for its extensive Commitment 2008 coverage of local and regional political contests.
In the realm of the arts, Peabodys went to The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series; The Gates, an HBO documentary tracking the 24-year making of a now-celebrated installation in New York’s Central Park; and to NBC’s dazzling telecast of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and the ceremony director, Zhang Yimou. An institutional Peabody was awarded to Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the cable channel devoted to showing, preserving and fostering a critical appreciation of vintage films.